Sunday marks the beginning of the Sanctity of Human Life Week.

It’s a time when us pro-lifers will seek to promote awareness about such life-related issues as euthanasia, suicide, and most notably abortion. I recently read a Focus on the Family article that highlighted the significance and origins of this week.

The article talked about… how the the infamous Roe v. Wade decision was declared by the US Supreme Court some 35 years ago on January 22. In conjunction with Doe v. Bolton, these rulings radically altered abortion law by striking down all then-existing state laws prohibiting abortion. The combined effect of the rulings required abortion to be: 1) legal for any woman, regardless of her age; and 2) legal for any reason through the first six months of pregnancy, and for virtually any reason thereafter.

Many pro-life organizations are working toward a day when the Supreme Court will reconsider and reverse these tragic decisions. However, it’s important to note that reversal of the Roe and Doe rulings would not automatically make abortion illegal; rather, a reversal would return the issue of abortion to state jurisdictions.

While it seems that any such Court ruling is a long time in the making, that doesn’t mean all is lost. In fact there are more opportunities today for people like you and me to get involved in pro-life measures. Here in our area there are local Walk for Life events, Pro-life crisis pregnancy centers (e.g. Liberty Godparent Home, Blue Ridge Crisis Pregnancy Center), counseling firms, and post-abortion support groups that could all use some help. The Supreme Court may not be ready to change their mind about Roe v. Wade, but through our efforts maybe, just maybe, we can help one woman at a time change hers.

For additional online information about Sanctity of Human Life Week, abortion, and pro-life efforts and how you can be involved check out:

Do You Know Roe? The ROE IQ Test

Abortion Information from Focus on the Family

Be A Voice

Life Issues Institute

Articles from the Liberty Counsel

The National Right to Life